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Can I Accept An Expired ID?

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Is an expired driver's license acceptable in New York as identification?L.D., New York

That is a judgment you need to make. The Notary Public License Law for New York states only that you must have satisfactory evidence of the person’s identity, but it does not say an ID must be current. That means it is up to you to decide what constitutes satisfactory evidence. Ideally, the best ID would be a current state or federal government-issued ID with a photograph, signature and physical description of the bearer.

Hotline answers are based on the laws in the state where the question originated and may not reflect the laws of other states. If in doubt, always refer to your own state statutes. – The Editors

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06 Feb 2017

unable to read information

National Notary Association

06 Feb 2017

Hi Alma. If you are having problems reading a Bulletin article, please contact us at to let us know what article you are having issues with, what kind of device you are using and a description of the problem and we'll be happy to try and help you.


21 Nov 2019

Is this still accurate for 2019?

National Notary Association

22 Nov 2019

Hello. Yes, to the best of our knowledge at this time.

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